Pacers links: Paul George's career-high 43 points among many highlights in Pacers loss

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Normally a loss shifts focus on all of the poor plays and missed opportunities, but in the Pacers tough loss to Portland on Monday, there were too many highlights on both ends of the floor to focus on the negative for too long.

For a game that required loads of physical and mental toughness to win, there sure were a lot of highlights from the Trail Blazers' win over the Pacers on Monday night. Paul George stole the show down the stretch, even in a losing effort, with his late-game ambush from behind the arc.

While the Pacers accomplished their defensive goals of minimizing Portland's three-point shooting and work on the glass, too many untimely fouls ended up foiling the defensive effort for the Blue and Gold. Plus, among the highlights from the other side was Damian Lillard stepping up and knocking down one of only five three-pointers on the night to keep Paul George from steamrolling the Pacers past Portland in the end. Huge shot.

Between Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge the Blazers will surely enjoy re-watching this game. Aldridge was described as unstoppable by his teammates following the game and that point is hard to argue. LMA had a plan for DWest or Hibbert depending on which player was guarding him and those soft, rainbow fade aways...mmm.

Speaking of huge shots, PG left a load of 'em at the Moda Center. Here's all 43 points which is a swell way to ease the pain of loss No. 2 on the season.

Roy Hibbert and LaMarcus Aldridge even kept the highlights flowing after the game on Twitter.

Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 102, Trail Blazers 106 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers fall to Portland 106-102 despite career game from Paul George - Indy Star

Access with the Pacers, part I - Indy Star

George’s 43 not enough as Pacers fall to Blazers - 1070 The Fan

Paul George 43 Points vs Blazers Highlights (Dec 02 2013) - YouTube

TheJayGravesReport.com: Caught Up (How the Trailblazers finally hemmed the Pacers up at the bar 106-102)

Roy Hibbert and LaMarcus Aldridge settled a groin kick like Twitter gentlemen - SBNation.com

Media Row Report: Blazers 106, Pacers 102 - Blazer's Edge

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers: Blazers Win Battle of East-West Titans - Blazer's Edge

Post-Game Grades: Historic Paul George Heroics Aren’t Quite Enough to Beat Portland | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Trail Blazers continue torrid play with tough victory over the Indiana Pacers | OregonLive.com

NBA's Eastern Conference: 'Right now, it's embarrassing'

Miles Plumlee finds greener pastures in the desert - SBNation.com

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